Review: A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'EngleRating: ★★☆☆☆

Genres: Classics, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

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So I read A Wrinkle in Time, which I wanted to do for a while now! This is such a beloved classic in children’s sci-fi and fantasy literature, I was very excited to read it and bought it in one of my trips to Brazil as a hardcover.

Synopsis: Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?

As you probably noticed from my 2-star rating, this was not a book for me. I am sure it’s a personal matter that I didn’t love this book, because adventures in space for me are normally I thing I love! But… I like my science fiction as close to hard science fiction as possible. A little whimsicality is okay, but this book was very strange and whimsical, and its style reminded me of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which I didn’t like much either.

I wasn’t a big fan of Meg and, while I appreciate showing how flawed a character she is but can still be a brave hero, she was a bit bland for me. Charles Wallace knew much about their adventure and how to get around, and Calvin was a nice person and very brave, but Meg was too selfish and had no clue of what was going on, ever. The dialogue in the book was also very strange to read, and some scenes felt too long, while others felt too short. It also felt like the book was too short to create a sense of world building at all. Although it is a book for children, it still felt like explanations were missing. It felt like the author just made things up as she went.

It was quite entertaining at times, and this is read so quickly that you can finish it in a sitting if you want. Most people love this book very much, and I see why – it is very creative and fun to read, but it was just not for me.

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